Archive | April, 2013

Style to the Maxi*

26 Apr

*You’re right. That does sound weird. Just thought I’d try it.

I’m a late adopter. Case in point: I just got a smartphone this Christmas (gasp!). With technology, I like to let the fads die down and prices drop. I was also scared I’d get addicted (I kind of am) and that Ike and I’d become one of those couples who browse through dinner and never talk (not true, we watch TV, silly).

My fashion sense is no different. Although I’d love to say I’m just super classic and not trend swayed. It’s mostly about fear. I can’t tell you A) how long it took me to try tights+dress+boots and B) how many times I did try them on and then change because I thought I looked funny. Now, I live in that look for fall and winter, go figure.

I finally conquered my warm-weather fashion-block: the maxi length. AND it better not go out soon, because I just jumped on the wagon.

Here are 3 reasons why I don’t think it will be leaving the stores or my closet anytime soon.

1) Perfect combo of comfy and girly

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Especially in the stretchy knit variety, this style has almost a vacation-level comfort. But, it’s a full-length skirt which makes me feel like (super) casual Jane Austen character.

2) Full leg coverage e.g. no shaving required

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This is where practically sets in. Here’s my little secret: I don’t shave everyday (LOL). But I really love to wear dresses for their ease — one step, hello! — and, again, femininity. The maxi dress wraps both of my passions (not shaving + wearing dresses) in one cute package. Bonus: you can start being springy with pasty skin, too! I think we’re getting to win-win-win here people.

3) Good Temperature Control

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Sorry my pics aren’t magazine-worthy, my styling assistant is a dog…

Even though they are full-length, they still feel very breezy. And for people who work in ice-box-like conditions, they completely cover your legs to cut the edge against the cold.

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while! I was too busy being in Houston buying maxi dresses! Oh and putting the finishing touches on the kitchen. You like?

Bamboo blinds! Thanks to Aunt Debbie & Uncle Charles:)

Bamboo blinds! Thanks to Aunt Debbie & Uncle Charles:)

And that’s curtains for me….

5 Apr

I don’t know about you, but when my mom comes to visit I get a lot of fun house projects done. A few weekends ago, she (along with my aunt and Nana), spent a couple nights and POOF! I had curtains in my dining room and kitchen!

Now, I’m missing one, but I’m visiting the rents next weekend, so I have a good feeling my collection will soon be complete.

 The Inspiration

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I really liked the idea of having 2 coordinating fabrics, a geometric of some sort and floral, to give my curtains more depth. I wanted the colors coral, green and teal for sure.

 The Plan

I wanted floor to ceiling curtains for the big kitchen window and dining room, and really simple reversible roll-up shades for the smaller kitchen windows.

 The First Purchase

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I fell in love with this fabric from Hobby Lobby and went ahead and bought enough for my two smaller kitchen windows. After weeks of searching for coordinating fabric, I started to get depressed. Maybe I bought fabric that coordinates with NOTHING. Like that skirt you buy and you think it goes with one of your shirts, and it doesn’t. And then it just sits in the back of your closet, collecting shame dust.

 The Discovery

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That weekend, with my trio of expert shoppers on the case, I once again hit the shopping circuit. We struck gold at Hobby Lobby again! This lovely fabric is so happy and fun. I don’t think I’ll tire of it anytime soon.

 The Results

The dining room:

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We decided to take the red geo-print fabric into the dining room for even more continuity. I love the statement it makes right when you walk in the front door. Plus, if all goes well, I can use the coordinating fabric for a runner. Now I just need to find fabric to cover the dining room chairs.

The kitchen:

And here are the big windows. I love the dramatic color it brings to the room. I’m thinking bamboo shades to finish the look.

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The first roll up shade! To avoid making holes in my back door, I bought heavy duty velcro to secure it.

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Only one window to go! Unfortunately, I was hosting small group that night, so my guests had to leave before the last shade was done. I think I’m going to love it!

Thoughts on the dining room chairs? I’m thinking teal for some reason. Countertops? Would butcher block still look good in here? Bamboo blinds?

Thanks for any thoughts! Enjoy your weekend:)